Some of the stories in this week’s reading from 2 Samuel can be a little confusing. There are a lot of names and many of them are somewhat similar. To help the story move along so you can understand the meaning a little bit better, here’s a bit of a cheat sheet:
- Abiathar – high priest and the last of Eli’s line
- Abishai – one of David’s most fearsome warriors
- Absalom – David’s son
- Ahithophel – a well respected, though not particularly loyal, counselor to David and others
- Amnon – David’s first son, Tamar’s half-brother
- Hushai – one of David’s workers pretending to work for Absalom
- Ittai – a leader of the Gittite people; fairly inconsequential over all
- Joab – an official close to David; he is hasty and violent
- Jonadab – Amnon’s friend and advisor, a sneaky guy; David’s nephew
- Mephibosheth – Saul’s grandson
- Shimei – a member of Saul’s house who originally curses David but eventually returns to him
- Tamar – David’s daughter; Amnon’s half-sister
- Zadok – a priest who assisted David in Absalom’s revolt
- Ziba – originally a servant of Mephibosheth but moves to David’s side and is handsomely rewarded
As we closeout John and begin Acts, note the differences of what John includes. For instance, John includes Jesus’ powerful prayers for his disciples and even future believers. Pilate’s character has a different feel in John’s account. He seems much more pained and tormented to convict Jesus. And an additional disciple attends the trial with Peter unlike in any other gospel. What do you think John is trying to emphasize with the way he shares his account?
This week we’ll also finish Psalm 119! Be sure to note the Amy Grant reference – and don’t by shy. Go ahead and jam out to her tunes.
Happy reading! 5 months in the books! Incredible!!